Kaya Village is an open-air museum located just outside of the hustle and bustle of Oludeniz and Hisaronu; situated in the Fethiye region of Turkey. If you’re looking for something a little different to do while you’re in Turkey, this is it! I have visited the town at least six times now and never been disappointed; it’s a great way to spend a few hours, take a few photos and enjoy the natural history amongst quite a touristy area.
THE HISTORY OF KAYA VILLAGE
The town itself was once happily co-inhabited by Greeks and Turks. After several huge events, including WW1 and a devastating earthquake, it became the abandoned town it is today. The town also has its claim-to-fame due to featuring in Russell Crowes movie “The Water Diviner”. UNESCO has since named Kaya Village a world friendship and peace village.
Each time I have visited Kaya Village, it has been near-empty, meaning its been a beautiful, quiet place to explore.
VISITING KAYA VILLAGE GHOST TOWN
The town itself is situated upon a hillside; a beautiful array of derelict homes and chapels. As you reach the entrance (scroll down to read how to get there) you will need to pay a small admission fee, dependant on whether there is an admissions officer at the entrance or not. This is usually quite hit and miss, around 50% of the time I have had to pay upon entering and 50% of the time there is no-one at the entrance to pay. The fee is minimal anyway, around £2 each.
Once you enter, you are free to begin exploring the town. To walk around the whole museum, it would probably take around 2 hours in total, especially on a hot summers day. I would recommend following the trail up the hillside until you reach the very peak of the town on the upper right-hand-side, which is marked by a large Turkish flag which you can see from the entrance. Along the way, you will pass the lower church and courtyard as well as many abandoned homes, schools and shops. Once you reach the peak, you will be greeted by an old chapel and views of the Meditteranean sea; as-well as overlooking the entire town.
Once you have finished your tour of Kaya Village, there are many cafes and restaurants within walking distance where you can cool down, grab a drink and bite to eat.
TOP TIPS FOR VISITING KAYA VILLAGE
Wear Comfortable Shoes – It’s a long, hilly walk on unstable ground, so sturdy sandals or trainers are best. I once saw a woman walk around the town in 6-inch heels. Let’s just say it didn’t look comfortable.
Take Bottles of Water – You’ll need it, especially on a hot day! If you forget, there are plenty of shops and cafes near the entrance where you can purchase a bottle.
HOW TO GET TO KAYA VILLAGE GHOST TOWN; FETHIYE
Check out the map below that shows you exactly where Kaya Village is situated. You can reach Kaya Village easily by either taking a taxi from Hisaronu, Olu Deniz or Fethiye. Prices will be less from Hisaronu or Olu Deniz as it is much closer compared to Fethiye town itself. You could even rent a car or bike for the day, which is what we usually do.